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The sounds of the underground lives in Holland

HOLLAND — The underground music scene in the northern Northeast Kingdom is thriving and it lives in Holland. Andy Bouchard, through his production company Borderline Entertainment, is queuing up music acts for the summer that will take place at The Barrage, an all ages, alternative performance space focused on bringing independent alternative musical styles to… Keep Reading


Woman seriously injured in Irasburg crash

IRASBURG — A 36-year-old woman from East Hardwick was seriously injured in a single-vehicle crash in Irasburg early Sunday morning. At around 1:00 a.m. police responded to the crash on US Route 5. The driver was identified as Karen Zucker. Police say she was traveling south when for unknown reasons her vehicle left the roadway… Keep Reading


Lyndonville man critically injured in I-91 crash

LYNDONVILLE — A 33-year-old Lyndonville man was critically injured in a single-vehicle crash that took place on I-91 in Sheffield early this morning. At around 12:20 a.m. police and emergency workers responded to a report of crash with serious injury southbound on the Interstate at mile marker 149. Dale Mitchell, 33, of Lyndonville, was headed… Keep Reading


Important June 1 deadline nears for dairy farmers

NEWPORT — Vermont dairy farmers are strongly encouraged to push the pencil and closely look at the Milk Margin Protection Program by June 1. The USDA program received upgrades in 2018. “The improved Margin Protection Program could be a significant net financial benefit for most Vermont dairy farmers this year, especially with the important added… Keep Reading


North Country Hospital supports MedQuest Scholarships

NEWPORT — This year marks year 12 that North Country Hospital has supported the week-long, healthcare job shadowing program MedQuest. High school sophomores from northeastern and central Vermont apply for an opportunity to participate in a structured educational program where they learn about job-shadowing health professionals, acquire basic medical skills, explore career and educational goals,… Keep Reading


Orleans man charged with murder in wife’s death

ORLEANS — A 58-year-old Orleans man is facing a murder charge following the death of his wife, 54-year-old Thea Swartz, on Tuesday night. On Wednesday, an arrest warrant was issued for Randall Swartz, 58, on suspicion of second-degree murder. Following an autopsy Thursday morning on the body of Thea Swartz at the Chief Medical Examiner’s… Keep Reading


Police investigate death in Orleans

ORLEANS — A 54-year-old woman from Orleans is dead and her husband is in the hospital following an incident that took place last night. At around 9:27 p.m. police say they received a 911 call from a female who identified herself as Thea Swartz and reported that her husband was pointing a pistol at her… Keep Reading


Cigarette sparks massive fire in Burke

BURKE — Investigators say a cigarette caused a massive fire in Burke on Saturday that destroyed two homes and caused a propane tank to explode. At around 12:30 p.m. the West Burke Fire Department was dispatched to the location at 237 Depot Street. Firefighters say the explosion of a 250-pound propane tank endangered all fire… Keep Reading


Mock crash for high school students in Newport

NEWPORT — Public safety officials from throughout Vermont came together on Friday to teach high school students a reality-based lesson in motor vehicle safety. A mock head-on motor vehicle crash was staged at the North Country Union High School in Newport yesterday. The crash simulated the actual events that occur in a serious motor vehicle… Keep Reading


Tenant at Mississquoi Lanes bowling alley being held without bail

LOWELL — Police say a Lowell man who lived in the one-bedroom apartment inside the Mississquoi Lanes bowling alley that was destroyed in a fire on Wednesday, is being held without bail. Travis Hesler, 36, is facing charges of first degree aggravated domestic assault, unlawful mischief, and unlawful trespass, all felony charges. Police say on… Keep Reading


Tick-borne disease on the rise in Vermont

NEWPORT — Tick-borne illnesses have increased in Vermont, a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. Vermont had 6,161 cases of illness caused by tick-borne diseases between 2004 and 2016. In total, 99 percent of all reported tick-borne diseases are caused by the blacklegged tick, the state Department of Health says. According… Keep Reading


Scenes from fire at Missisquoi Lanes in Lowell

LOWELL — A fire broke out at Missisquoi Lanes bowling alley on Route 100 in Lowell early this morning. Firefighters from Lowell and Troy departments were called to the scene at around 5:20 a.m. Missisquoi Lanes was a 10-lane bowling establishment with a bar. Firefighters remained on scene until around 8:30 a.m. An origin and… Keep Reading


Police warn parents in Orleans following arrest

ORLEANS — A 68-year-old man from Orleans was arrested after police say they received several complaints over the last month about his conduct around juvenile females in the area. Raymond Benson was picked up on Sunday for violation of an order against stalking, and felony aggravated stalking/person under 16. Police say for the past month… Keep Reading


Police investigating assault, abduction case in Lyndon

LYNDON — Police are investigating a reported assault/abduction that took place early Sunday morning. The incident occurred near the dorm area of Lyndon Institute at around 1 a.m. Police say a male subject believed to be approximately 5’8” to 5’10” attempted to grab a female who had been walking alone near the parking area of… Keep Reading

Guided wildlife walk at Victory Basin Wildlife Management Area on May 16

VICTORY — Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department and Northeast Kingdom Audubon are excited to partner on a birding and wildlife-viewing tour at Victory Basin Wildlife Management Area on May 16. Doug Morin, a wildlife biologist with Fish & Wildlife, and Tom Berriman, an experienced birder with Northeast Kingdom Audubon, will co-lead this wildlife-based exploration of… Keep Reading


Shotgun blasts at smoke detector in Barton

BARTON — A Barton man who complained about frequent false alarms from a smoke detector near his kitchen, took it upon himself to relocate it with two shotgun blasts. Leroy Mason, 68, is being charged with aggravated assault with a weapon, and reckless endangerment following the incident on Monday evening. At around 5:00 p.m. police… Keep Reading

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